Portrait of Arthur William Devis (1762–1822)
John Henry Robinson, R.A. (1796-1871)
after William Mulready, R.A. (1786-1863)
Signed in ink "From J. H. Robinson" lower right
Etching & stipple on wove
Plate: 12.2 cm high x 8.2 cm wide (approx.)
Sheet: 21.6 cm high x 15.2 cm wide (approx.)
Portrait of the painter Arthur William Devis (1762–1822), after a drawing by William Mulready R.A. engraved by John Henry Robinson R.A. Devis shown bustl length, in profile, facing the left, coat with buttons and collar, a cravat at his neck. Stippled engraving, in outline.
An old pencill inscription identifies the sitter. Signed in ink lower right by the engraver "From J.H. Robinson".
The sitter was the artist son of Arthur Devis (1712–1787) (himself a distinguished painter). Arthur William Devis was a brilliant artist whose career was curtailed by his slightly chaotic life. The print was made by the highly accomplished engraver John Henry Robinson R.A. who fought a long battle to win respect and acceptance for his art and was finally elected as a full academician in 1867. The print is signed in manuscript by him.
See BM 1913,0331.69 for another impression. Scarce - not in NPG. Image appeared as an illustration to Pye's 'Patronage of British Art' (1845)
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